GT Group joins PM’s trade delegation to Russia

Posted on 12 Sep 2011 by The Manufacturer

Geoff Turnbull, chairman of Newcastle-based engineering specialist GT Group, has been invited by UK Trade and Investment to join the Prime Minister on a business delegation to Russia.

Mr Turnbull, who founded the environmental engineering firm, is among senior British business figures who have travelled to Russia with Mr Cameron.

A select group of companies are being represented by executives on the two-day visit including BP, Rolls-Royce and the London Stock Exchange.

Mr Cameron is expected to meet Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dimitry Medvedev during the trip.

GT Group recently received a contract, worth up to £50m, from GAZ Group, a Russian automotive manufacturer.

GT is to supply exhaust gas control systems and engine brakes for a new range of heavy duty diesel engines to GAZ.

The contract, which is expected to bring significant growth at GT over the next five years, has reached a significant milestone in the project.

The designs are now complete and approved with initial production quantities being shipped to GAZ. Production volumes will commence next month.

The contract will see the manufacture of 100,000 systems a year at full production.

Mr Turnbull said: “Joining the Prime Minister’s trade delegation to Russia will allow GT Group to introduce itself and to discuss issues surrounding trade and business opportunities between our two countries at the highest level.

“Russia is one of the world’s biggest potential automotive engineering sector marketplaces. It is of significant magnitude and importance to GT Group to be invited to join such a high powered delegation as it will enable the company to further strengthen its relationships with Russia.”

GT Group, an international engineering design and manufacturing organisation specialising in environmental engineering, exports to more than 60 countries.

Its portfolio includes the manufacture of specialist equipment to reduce exhaust emissions on heavy duty diesel engines used by HGVs.

Employing 300 people, GT Group has an order book which should see it increase its workforce to 500 in the next three years and its turnover from £30m to £60m.